Why We Hold on to Bitterness


Bitterness is an unforgiving, resentful, antagonistic spirit toward someone for being wronged. In this lab, John Piper shows how we can fight bitterness by believing that God will vindicate his people and see that every wrong is justly dealt with.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. Bitterness does not look the same from person to person. Some have outbursts of anger; others default to the silent treatment. What does bitterness look like in your life?
  2. Watch the lab. How does John Piper explain that God’s coming wrath helps us fight bitterness today?
  3. Where in your life are you taking justice into your own hands? How can you use this promise of God’s wrath to let go of that sin?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Mine Within the Context First

Making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.

The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases, the author could have brought in other passages or made connections, but that might not have been his point.

Study cross-references and perform word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.